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NVIDIA SHIELD TV is getting Nintendo Wii games in China

07 December 2017

The Nvidia Shield is priced at 1,499 Yen (US$226) and then you have the cost of the games on top of that, which is now unknown. With a backlog of titles, a brand new phenomenon of a console waiting for release, and a desire to finally establish a foothold with a potentially very big new audience, Nintendo has followed through on a deal that will see both Wii and Gamecube games ported to the Nvidia Shield in glorious 1080p.

But remember, the Nvidia Shield runs on Android. Between Android games and GeForce Now, the Shield is a great platform for gamers. Hopefully Nintendo and NVIDIA will see sense and release them in all territories before long though.

Nintendo is working with PC giant Nvidia to bring a range of Wii and GameCube games to the Nvidia Shield handheld. So far, New Super Mario Bros Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and Punch-Out! has been confirmed on the Nvidia China's website.

The companies have yet not clarified how the games will be updated for the Shield. Granted, the company used to be a little more open and allowed some developers to create officially licensed games with Nintendo characters for non Nintendo platforms (Mario Teaches Typing comes to mind), but then Philips ruined it for everyone with its awful CD-i Mario and Legend of Zelda games. It also marks the first time these games will have been supported in China, ever.

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And now New Super Mario Bros.

Up until 2015 console makers were banned from selling games in China. It is described as "a completely localized device, with local content, store, search and more", and includes Baidu's DuerOS conversational AI (voice) system.

The release is an important one as Nintendo has yet to officially release the Switch in China.

Nintendo's family-friendly lineup means it may fare better with China's censors.

NVIDIA SHIELD TV is getting Nintendo Wii games in China